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    Mastersong, Siobhan
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    Natl Univ Ireland Galway, Discipline Gen Practice, 1 Distillery Rd, Galway, Ireland..
    McNally, Bryan
    Emory Univ, Sch Med, Dept Emergency Med, Atlanta, GA 30303 USA..
    Cullinan, John
    Natl Univ Ireland, JE Cairnes Sch Business & Econ, Galway H91 WN80, Ireland..
    Vellano, Kimberly
    Emory Univ, Sch Med, Dept Emergency Med, Atlanta, GA 30303 USA..
    Escutnaire, Josephine
    Univ Lille Law & Hlth, Fac Engn & Hlth Management ILLS, Lille, France..
    Fitzpatrick, David
    Stirling Univ, Scottish Ambulance Serv, NMAHP Res Unit, Unit 13 Scion House, Stirling FK9 4NF, Scotland..
    Perkins, Gavin D.
    Univ Warwick, WMS Warwick Clin Trials Unit, Out Hosp Cardiac Arrest Outcomes OHCAO Trial, Coventry CV4 7AL, W Midlands, England..
    Koster, Rudolph W.
    Acad Med Ctr, Meibergdreef 9, NL-1105 AZ Amsterdam, Netherlands..
    Nakajima, Yuko
    Emory Univ, Sch Med, Dept Emergency Med, Atlanta, GA 30303 USA..
    Pemberton, Katherine
    Queensland Ambulance Serv, GPO Box 1425, Brisbane, Qld 4001, Australia..
    Quinn, Martin
    Natl Univ Ireland Galway, Natl Out Hosp Cardiac Arrest Register OHCAR Steer, Dept Publ Hlth Med, HSE, Letterkenny F92 XK84, Co Donegal, Ireland..
    Smith, Karen
    Ambulance Victoria Ctr Res & Evaluat, POB 2000, Doncaster, Vic 3108, Australia..
    Jonsson, Bergpor Steinn
    Akureyri Hosp, Eyrarlandsvegur 600, Akureyri, Iceland..
    Strömsöe, Anneli
    Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
    Tandan, Meera
    Natl Univ Ireland Galway, Discipline Gen Practice, 1 Distillery Rd, Galway, Ireland..
    Vellinga, Akke
    Natl Univ Ireland Galway, Discipline Gen Practice, 1 Distillery Rd, Galway, Ireland..
    Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival in international airports2018In: Resuscitation, ISSN 0300-9572, E-ISSN 1873-1570, Vol. 127, p. 58-62Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: The highest achievable survival rate following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is unknown. Data from airports serving international destinations (international airports) provide the opportunity to evaluate the success of pre-hospital resuscitation in a relatively controlled but real-life environment. Methods: This retrospective cohort study included all cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest at international airports with resuscitation attempted between January 1st, 2013 and December 31st, 2015. Crude incidence, patient, event characteristics and survival to hospital discharge/survival to 30 days (survival) were calculated. Mixed effect logistic regression analyses were performed to identify predictors of survival. Variability in survival between airports/countries was quantified using the median odds ratio. Results: There were 800 cases identified, with an average of 40 per airport. Incidence was 0.024/100,000 passengers per year. Percentage survival for all patients was 32%, and 58% for patients with an initial shockable heart rhythm. In adjusted analyses, initial shockable heart rhythm was the strongest predictor of survival (odds ratio, 36.7; 95% confidence interval [CI], 15.5-87.0). In the bystander-witnessed subgroup, delivery of a defibrillation shock by a bystander was a strong predictor of survival (odds ratio 4.8; 95% CI, 3.0-7.8). Grouping of cases was significant at country level and survival varied between countries. Conclusions: In international airports, 32% of patients survived an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, substantially more than in the general population. Our analysis suggested similarity between airports within countries, but differences between countries. Systematic data collection and reporting are essential to ensure international airports continually maximise activities to increase survival.

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